Cleveland: Hit-skip victim speaks out

11:45 PM, Nov 9, 2012   |    comments
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CLEVELAND -- For weeks, people kept their eyes open for the black SUV involved in a September hit-and-run accident on the city's west side. 

That night, 12-year-old Katie Adkins nearly died after being hit. The identity of the man behind the wheel is no longer a mystery. 

Cedric Francis, 23, has been charged with aggravated vehicular assault and felony hit-skip. Francis pleaded not guilty. Even still, it was a relief to the family until he posted bond Thursday.   

Katie's mother, Ginge,r recalls that nurses and doctors didn't think that Katie would survive.

"A lot of people think she wasn't going to make it to the hospital, doctors didn't think she was going to make it," said Ginger. 

Katie said she was devastated when she awoke and her mother told her what happened.

"I didn't think that if somebody hit someone, they'd drive away," said Katie. She says she spent a lot of time thinking about who the driver was and why he didn't stop.

Nearly two months later, Francis has been arrested and charged.  While his attorney maintains he turned himself in, the prosecuting attorney and Katie's mom say otherwise. 

Ginger says she was told by police that Francis came in thinking he'd be getting the vehicle back. Francis pleaded not guilty and was released on bond Thursday. 

It wasn't what mom or Katie had hoped for.

"He hasn't apologized at all. When he was in court, he didn't say anything or look at me," Ginger said. 

Katie said, if she could tell him anything, it would be how hard it was for her to start walking again after the accident. She fears that now that he's out, he could hurt someone else, again.

"I don't want him to hurt any other kid because I know how it feels and its horrible," Katie said. 

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